Don’t Cry For Dino Melaye..

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The name, Daniel (Dino) Melaye became popular among university students since his days of student union government activism at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria. Therefore, his steady rise into political relevance and prominence wasn’t too much of a surprise to some of us who knew and heard so much about his activeness in ABU.

Dino can be said to be the luckiest politician alive today in the west senatorial district of Kogi state which is dominated by the Okun speaking tribe. No politician dead or alive had had the privilege or holds the record of haven served in both chambers of the national assembly, as an Honorable Member of the House of Representatives and as a distinguished Senator of the federal republic.

Although his stay at the House of Representatives was eventually marred with crisis and controversies which later resulted in his being suspended from the green chambers of the national assembly alongside ten other Members who claimed to be fighting against alleged acts of corruption leveled against the leadership the House of Representatives at the time, under Speaker Dimeji Bankole in 2010.

Dino Melaye gained a promotion from the green chamber to the red chamber after a four year life outside political office during which he became a self acclaimed human rights activist, an anti-corruption crusader and a private investigator. Between years 2011 to 2015, Dino was prominently visible partaking in a number of protests against certain policies and actions of former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Obviously, Dino Melaye seem to be the only one who doesn’t know that his entire political career, transition and achievements were made possible not because of his brilliance or political sophistication but merely to the fact that he had always aligned and identified himself with powerful and strong political forces. The dominating political machinery of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ensured his election into the House of Representatives while the political hurricane of “CHANGE” was what landed him in the Senate in 2015. However, it is said that pride goes before a fall and in line with a popular African proverbs which says “he who the gods wants to destroy, they first make mad” senator Dino Melaye suddenly began to feel and see himself as the political ‘emperor’ of Kogi West and in his actions and utterances began to bite more than he could chew.

His political feud and irreconcilable difference with the executive governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello was the genesis of his travail and political downfall, and provided the “altar” on which the ajekun iya originator was eventually ‘roasted’ politically.

in the senate between 2015 and 2019, Dino didn’t only work against the interest of his political party at the time, the All Progressives Congress (APC) first by joining forces to ensure the emergence of Bukola Saraki as senate president in defiance to the directive of his party. Some APC leaders believed Dino constituted himself into a nuisance of some sort, undermining and rubbishing the policies and programs of President Muhammadu Buhari was part of his many crimes. The loud mouth senator grew in pride and arrogance; he became too loud for the APC to handle. Senator Dino who had a running battle with the Nigeria police at the tail end of his first four year stay in the senate was declared winner of the 2019 Kogi West senatorial election to the surprise of many who gave him no chance of returning to the red chamber of the national assembly.

Senator Dino committed another political blunder when he rejected his appointment as director general of the PDP governorship campaign organization, an opportunity he would have used to expand his political coast and further “market” himself for the rerun election by taking an ample advantage of the Wada/Aro machinery like his opponent Smart Adeyemi did with GYB/CEDO. Although the outcome of the November 16th and 30th Kogi West senatorial elections will be subject of litigation as the former senator has vowed to challenge the results at the tribunal.

I use this medium to wish him well as he begins to adjust once again to life outside political office. I believe he has learnt the hard political lesion, never to bite more than he can chew.

Regardless of the eventual outcome of the litigation of the election, I urge him to use his following days outside office to do some soul searching and serious introspection. Engage in political realignment, make friends with people who have common sense and do less of talking.

Who says Dino Melaye cannot bounce back after his political leave to become a governor, like he did when he got promoted into the senate? He only need to #LetCommonSensePrevail   

– Hussain Obaro

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